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Author Event! Five Local Poets Strut Their Stuff

Event Type: Adults
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 10/17/2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
 Five local poets – Whitney Mackman, Karen Maceira, Deb Jannerson, Kathleen Balma, and Gina Ferrara - will read from and discuss their work at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. There is no registration.

This event is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, an annual five-day literary festival in the city of New Orleans. The festival is dedicated to the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Tennessee Williams. Every year, it features several events related to the long career of Williams, as well as writing workshops, panel discussions, literary readings, stage performances, a book fair, music, writing contests, and other events related to American literature, poetry, drama, opera, film, photography, art, history, culture, and cooking. The signature event is the Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest that closes the festival.

Whitney Mackman teaches at Loyola University New Orleans and sometimes at Xavier University of Louisiana. During summer, she’s a mountain bike coach for a nonprofit in Colorado. Her chapbook, What Ties Us, was published last summer. Mackman was one of the last to interview Maya Angelou, which appears on her author website.

Karen Maceira’s chapbook My Father and the Astros was published in May of this year. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Louisiana Literature, The New Orleans Review, Blackbird, and the Beloit Poetry Journal. She holds an MFA from Penn State University. A native New Orleanian, she teaches at Pearl River High School in St. Tammany Parish.

Deb Jannerson is the award-winning, Pushcart nominated author of the young adult novel, The Women of Dauphine and the poetry collections, Rabbit Rabbit and Thanks for Nothing. Jannerson’s work has appeared in more than 100 anthologies and magazines, including viral articles for Bitch. She lives in New Orleans.

Kathleen Balma is a Fulbright fellow and a librarian at the New Orleans Public Library. Her work has appeared in The Journal, Rattle, Spillway, and Sugar House Review. Her awards include a Pushcart Prize and a scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Gina Ferrara is the author of two FLP chapbooks and three full length collections. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including most recently the Oyster River Pages, Dovecote, and the Maple Leaf Rag anthology. She is an Elizabeth George Fellow and is an assistant professor of English at Delgado Community College.

For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.

Library: East Bank Regional Library    Map
Location: Jefferson & Napoleon Rooms
Contact: Chris Smith
Contact Number: 5048898143
Presenter: Chris Smith
Link: 5048898143